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A's vs White Sox on April 17 will be one-of-a-kind promotion

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A's vs White Sox on April 17 will be one-of-a-kind promotion

The A’s announced details for one of the more unique promotions in the major leagues this upcoming season.

Their April 17 game against the Chicago White Sox at the Coliseum — played on the 50th anniversary of their first game in Oakland — will be completely free admission for fans. The A’s are promoting the game as one of the first of its kind. They originally unveiled the idea back in September. On Wednesday, they announced fans can sign up for tickets Jan. 10 starting at 8 a.m. at athletics.com/50.

Current season ticket holders don’t need to sign up. Tickets for that game will automatically be loaded on to their accounts.

“We are extremely excited to offer this gift to the city as we celebrate 50 years in Oakland,” A’s president Dave Kaval said in a club statement. “The entire 2018 season will be a celebration of the A’s rich history, and offering the first free MLB game is another unique way for us to celebrate our team and wonderful fans.”

Whether this free game is indeed the first of its kind is unknown, but at the very least it’s extremely rare. And the A’s caught some good fortune with the schedule. The White Sox wouldn’t be a big draw as a visiting team, particularly on a Tuesday night, which is when this anniversary game falls. So the A’s at least have a chance to generate some buzz on what would otherwise be a humdrum date on their home schedule.

Some other highlights worth noting from the A’s 2018 schedule:

Their March 29 season opener against Shohei Ohtani and the Angels will be their first home opener played in the afternoon since 1994. First pitch will be at 1:05.

This year’s Bay Bridge Series against the Giants, rather than be played as a four-game series, will be a six-game set that sandwiches the All-Star break. Three games will take place at AT&T Park on July 13-15, then the A’s will host three July 20-22.

A's edged in extras to open homestand

A's edged in extras to open homestand

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and Guillermo Heredia doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The Mariners have won four straight games and six of their last eight.

Jean Segura singled with one out in the 10th ahead of Heredia's one-out double to right-center off Yusmeiro Petit (1-1).

Nick Vincent (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Edwin Diaz earned his 16th save.

Seattle trailed 2-0 when Zunino hit his seventh homer, off starter Trevor Cahill.

Oakland built a two-run lead in the middle innings. Marcus Semien scored on Matt Chapman's double-play grounder in the fourth and added an RBI single in the fifth.

The Mariners have won 13 of their last 16 games against the A's and are 42-22 versus Oakland since 2015.

YER OUTTA HERE

Mariners manager Scott Servais was ejected by plate umpire Brian Knight after Ben Gamel took a called third strike to end the top of the ninth.

FOR STARTERS

Neither starting pitcher was involved in the decision but both pitched well. Mariners right-hander Mike Leake gave up two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings of six-hit ball. He struck out three and walked none. Cahill allowed two runs in seven innings of four-hit ball during his second start since coming off the disabled list. He had been sidelined with a right elbow impingement.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: OF-2B Dee Gordon was placed on the disabled list with a broken right big toe. . OF-DH Nelson Cruz was out of the lineup for a second straight game with a bruised elbow sustained when he was hit by a pitch Saturday against Detroit. . OF Mitch Haniger was pulled in the fifth, an inning after he was hit by a pitch from Cahill on his left arm. X-rays were negative.

Athletics: DH-OF Khris Davis had an MRI to determine the severity of a right groin strain he sustained in Toronto. The team was awaiting results. . OF Boog Powell, on the DL since April 7 with a right knee sprain, started a running program last week and is about two weeks from sliding and baserunning drills. . RHP Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) had an MRI that showed no structural damage, trainer Nick Paparesta said. . RHP Paul Blackburn threw 45 pitches during an extended spring training game in Arizona on Monday. Blackburn will pitch in another extended spring game Saturday. He could start a minor league rehab assignment next week. . RHP Liam Hendricks (right groin strain) threw his third bullpen. He'll travel to Arizona to face live hitters in extended spring training on Friday ahead of a rehab assignment. . LHP Ryan Buchter played catch from 75 feet and could pitch off a mound next week, Paparesta said.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzalez (3-3, 4.66 ERA) pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball in his last start but wasn't involved in the decision in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (0-1, 11.05) will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville. He was 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in seven outings (five starts) with Nashville.

POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's Perfect Game vs Saenz's Bay Bridge walk-off

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POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's Perfect Game vs Saenz's Bay Bridge walk-off

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports California is looking back at the A's 50 Memorable Moments since the franchise relocated to Oakland in 1968. Below are the next two moments you can vote on. Tune into A's Pregame Live tonight at 6:30pm to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and Mariners conclude, tune into A's Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round!

1. Dallas Braden's Perfect Game on Mother's Day 2010 (Three-time winner -- Defeated Josh Donaldson's catch on the tarp in 2013)

(From Dallas Braden)

Well, they haven’t taken it away yet so I guess it might not be a dream after all. It’s still insane to think that on such a special day for so many people, my teammates and I were able to etch ourselves into the hearts of A’s fans everywhere.

In the moment, I had no clue. At the same time, I was fully aware. Completely focused and emotionally distracted at the same time. Hell, I talked myself into the wrong count in the last at-bat of the game. The 27th out. In that moment I had no clue. No clue I’d become the vehicle for such an emotional moment shared between mothers and their families across baseball that special day. I do believe that’s what I was -- merely a vehicle to connect people through our beautiful game. My mom, along with the baseball gods, and Landon Powell, I guess, all steered us down the path of history and to be able to share and relive those special moments and memories is a blessing a young little leaguer can only dream of.

I hope that through my passion for the game you feel the same love I, myself, my wife, baby girl, and grandmother have felt from each of you, the fans of the Green & Gold. We couldn’t be happier to share this Mother’s Day and every Mother’s Day from here on out, TOGETHER! It’s a perfect fit if you ask me.

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2. Olmedo Saenz's Bay Bridge Series walk-off against Robb Nenn

(From Ben Ross)

On July 15, 1999, A's rookie Olmedo Saenz capped a wild comeback with a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, as the A's rallied past the Giants 11-9 at the Coliseum.

The A's trailed 9-4 in the seventh inning before scoring four runs in the frame to pull within one. Then with two on and two out in the ninth, facing Giants closer Robb Nen, Saenz belted his first career game-winning home run to send the crowd of 29,428 into a frenzy.

Saenz picked the right game to play the role of hero, as he had family members from Panama in attendance for the first time in his big league career. He went on to hit 11 home runs that season and 73 in his MLB career.

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